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  • Racing Down The River

    3 posts, 3 voices, 1176 views, started Sep 7, 2010

    Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by Denise Richardson

    • Diamond

      Racing Down the River   - Sept 7, 2010

      Someone once said, “True freedom is not a question of doing as we like,
      but doing as we ought.”

      Clovis Chappell, a nineteenth century minister, used to tell an
      interesting story about two paddleboats.
      The two boats, powered by coal, left Memphis about the same time,
      traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. As they traveled
      side-by-side, sailors from one vessel made some critical remarks and
      jokes about the snail’s pace of the other boat.

      Heated words were exchanged between the men on the two boats. Challenges
      were made. So the race began. The competition was hot and heavy as the
      two boats roared through the Deep South.

      Eventually, one boat began falling behind. The problem: it didn’t have
      enough fuel. There had been plenty of coal for the trip, but not enough
      for a race.

      As the boat dropped back, an enterprising young sailor took some of the
      ship’s cargo and tossed it into the boat’s ovens. When his fellow
      sailors saw that the supplies burned as well as coal, they fueled their
      boat with the material they had been assigned to transport.

      Guess what? They ended up winning the race. But they burned their cargo.

      How Does This Apply to Our Lives?

      The men on the winning boat did what they liked, which was winning the
      race. But the price for that victory was expensive. The boat’s cargo,
      the very reason they were traveling down the river in the first place,
      was sacrificed. So they failed to do what they ought to have done, which
      was to safely transport their cargo.

      You may not have thought about it, but God has entrusted each of us with
      cargo. Our cargo is other people, such as friends and family, and the
      ability He has given us to help someone else. We are responsible for
      this cargo, and ought to cherish it in our journey through life.

      However, like the men on the winning boat, often we fail in that
      responsibility. As Billy Graham says, “We hurt people by being too busy.
      Too busy to notice their needs. Too busy to drop that note of comfort or
      encouragement or assurance of love. Too busy to listen when someone
      needs to talk. Too busy to care.”

      Are you too busy to care? When opportunities occur to help others, do
      you take advantage of those opportunities? Or do you burn your cargo as
      you busily do what you like?

      Be diligent, and do what you ought to do. Slow down for the needs of
      your family and friends. Seize opportunities to help people when it is
      within your power to do so.

      Finally, remember one other cargo God has entrusted to you. It is the
      Good News of Jesus Christ. Diligently share that Good News with others,
      and help people who are using their gifts for Christ reach even more

      Your diligence with the cargo God has given you will be very rewarding.

      “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to
      Proverbs 21:5

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          Nerissa wrote Sep 7, 2010
        • Wise advice makes you think twice about how you treat others. I try very hard to treat others in the manner that I want to be treated. It doesn’t always work in terms of reciprocity, but I try hard to do my part so that it is pleasing in God’s sight.heart

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          Denise Richardson wrote Sep 8, 2010
        • AMEN Nerissa, this is true, I am also learning while in my ministry class that love plays a huge part in our walk with God and it matters not what a person does or say about you or how they make you feel we are to still show and give them love it does cover a mulititude of sins and with that the other person will be convicted and then the quilt will lie on them as to how they were trying to treat you from the beginning this thing is deeper than we know lol, and I’m loving it I’m learning so much. This is helping me to also forgive and forgive deeply on all that my siblings has done to me. “AIN‘T GOD GOOD” before long I will be able to face them once again without hurt feelings nor will anything else they try to do to me or bring to me in a negative way effect me. Thank you Jesus for your biblical knowledge and teachings, your wisdom and understanding.

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